The most pleasurable thing about running Myomancy is knowing that what I write helps people to make informed decisions about their and their child’s future treatments. This is especially true when parents email me directly, asking for information or advice on the various movement based therapies. Quite often this focuses around money and what that family can affordable. Over the last couple of years I’ve developed a quick summary of the different treatments I think have merit ranging in cost from £2000 to £20. So I thought I would share it with you.
The Dore Achievement Centres‘ program is expensive but it is the best treatment out there. The big advantage of Dore is the 6 weekly assessments that fine tune the treatment to suit your current stage of development. The machines they use to assess you also allow you to see improvements in your balance etc long before you see any improvements in your spelling, memory etc. This is reassuring as it can take 6 months before any obvious progress is made. This article, Ask Wynford Dore is a good starting place for learning about Dore.
There are several alternatives out there. The best / most scientific is from the INPP and provided by practitioners around the UK and a few in the rest of the world. The underlying difference between Dore and INPP is that Dore focuses on skills such as catching a ball that most people learn at 3 to 4 years old where as INPP focuses on Primitive Reflexes that are key to a baby’s development between 0 – 18 months. See this article on my assessment using the INPP approach for more information.
A third possible approach is Learning Breakthrough. This treatment is fully home based and costs £300 for the instructions and equipment. I’ve reviewed it on a couple of occasions. This treatment should work but I think its 100% DIY aspects means that it is harder, psychologically, to keep at the exercises day after day. I would only really recommend this if either INPP or Dore are not practicable.
A slightly different approach is Interactive Metronome. This is a franchise so there may be one near you but I looked at one in Manchester, UK. This treatment focuses on rhythm training and it can have a surprising effect. Whilst not as broad in scope as the other approaches it may be a good starting point for treatment.
You might want to check out two books that promote movement based treatments both based on Primitive Reflexes. Stopping ADHD and Infinity Walk. Being books they are limited in what they can achieve but they are a good starting point for developing your movement skills.
One thing worth remembering with all these treatments is that they all take time and effort. With most of them you are looking at 20 minutes a day, everyday (and I mean everyday) for at least a year. This requires faith and dedication as it may be six months before you notice any improvements in reading / spelling. If you aren’t motivated enough to put this amount of effort in then none of these treatments will work.
Dyslexia and ADHD are complex problems and not all treatments will work on all people. As each approach focuses on different areas you may find that multiple treatments will be required in order to fill in the gaps in a person’s neurological development. The older the person is, the more this is likely to be true.